January 7, Sunday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed the first talks between North and South Korea in 2 years.
2. Iran’s foreign minister has ridiculed the United States for its attempt to get the U.N. Security Council to censure his country for its handling of anti-government protests.
3. The foreign ministers of Japan and the Maldives have agreed that freedom on the seas is vital for global peace and prosperity.